The Gospel of John (4) gives us an inspiring story of Jesus with a Samaritan woman at the well. This is one story that demonstrates Jesus’s aim to bringing all people to God’s True Table. The line that lifts me most (14) is, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” This bring to life for me His fourth Beatitude: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6).”
But the question arises of how we can take these two words of Jesus and apply them to our lives in the twenty-first century, with wars and massive deprivation around our small, isolated planet. I always feel alone when I ponder on this. Then I feel a presence within, and walking beside me, and comforting me, and giving me the realization that I am always in companionship with God.
Evil has not and will not win; tragedy will not win; and even death will not win; for in God’s creation, everything is real, God’s real, not ours.
©Russell Kendall Carter